FLITCROFT, JORDAN GRAHAM, ROB EDWARDS REACTION
Manager pleased with effort shown in victory
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 09 October 2018
Stags’ boss David Flitcroft has praised his players’ ‘application’ in tonight’s 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy victory over Wolves’ under-21s at One Call Stadium.
Midfielder Jacob Mellis and defender Mal Benning both netted in either half to give Mansfield the victory that ensured they would progress to the next round of the competition.
Speaking after the game, the Stags’ manager spoke highly of the effort his charges showed in the match.
“The most important thing is winning football matches. I’ve been really disappointed at only achieving two points from the last two games.
“The players were hurting after the Bury game. I thought the boys’ commitment tonight and application [were good].
Striker 'buzzing' after making first start
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 09 October 2018
Striker Jordan Graham shared his personal delight after making his first full start for Mansfield Town following the 2-1 victory over Wolves U21s.
The Stags secured their place in the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy as Jacob Mellis and Mal Benning were on target for the home side.
Pedro Goncalves pulled a consolation goal back for the young Wolves side but it was never enough to trouble Mansfield as they made it six points from six in Group H.
Graham led the line on the night, and despite not netting a goal during his hour-long stint, he was still pleased to have attained minutes under his belt for the first team.
“Obviously I would’ve liked to score but it was good to get minutes in the first time and it was my full debut, so I’m buzzing,” he began.
“It felt great [to be playing in the senior side]. I did get a bit tired before being taken off as I haven’t played as many minutes as certain people but it was still good.
9th October 2018
Rob Edwards said: "I'm disappointed, no one likes to lose games. I can never question the commitment or spirit of the group but I thought we lacked knowledge of the game at the beginning of both halves.
"We didn't control the game enough but I thought in the second half we did show some really good quality."
Edwards insists young side will learn from defeat
Rob Edwards admits his young Wolves side were not good enough at either end of the pitch as the under-21s fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat at Mansfield Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.
A spectacular Pedro Goncalves free kick wasn't enough for a Wolves side which was looking at getting their first three points of the competition after registering a point in their inaugural Group H fixture away at Scunthorpe in September.
After the match, head coach Rob Edwards said he was disappointed with the result, adding: “Obviously no one wants to lose games, and the lads are disappointed, as we are as staff. But we take a lot of heart from the fact we took good signs from the game.
“I can never question the effort, the spirit or the commitment of the group, that was never in question at all, we just lacked a bit of quality at times.”
Two goals in the opening minutes of either half from Jacob Mellis and Mal Benning were enough to condemn the under-21s to the bottom of the four-team mini-league.
Edwards said: “We didn’t deal with them well in the first 10 minutes or so and conceded, and we didn’t deal with them in the first two minutes of the second half and conceded again, and that’s frustrating but we will learn from that. That’s the development stage we’re in now and we’ve got to learn and learn fast.
“But full credit to Mansfield, I thought they were excellent and they obviously respected us and really went for us, and we struggled to cope with the opening exchanges.
“In the second half when we did go 2-0 down we showed a lot of good quality to get back into it and I thought the goal was outstanding. There was a lot of good individual performances on the night. Everyone works hard but we're frustrated in the manner we conceded the two goals.”
Wolves under-21s head to Lincoln City on November 6 for their crucial final group game, but Edwards believes his players have shown they can cope at EFL level.
“Some of these lads are 18, 19, 20-years-of-age and they’re going to be able to do it. They’re going to have careers, but the more games like this we can get the better.
“I don’t want to dwell on mistakes, but we have got to learn from the things we didn’t quite get right, and that’s part of life, not just football.
“It was tough, difficult, and a good challenge for all of us, but in the second half we showed lots of good signs and we could have got an equaliser late on without really threatening their goal. We had a bit of pressure, but we’ve got to really create in both boxes. We’ve got to defend in one and create chances in the other, and we just weren’t quite good enough in both boxes.”